Your one stop shop for news and events going on in the disability community in New Jersey!

Pre-register now for our upcoming Webinars that cover the transition process into the adult system and understanding the DDD Budget.
To pre-register, click the links below! 
Transition Made Easy, A Three Part Webinar Series

Looking to better understand the options for your child that is aging out of the Children System of Care? We can help! Sign up for our 3 part webinar series by clicking here: 

Understanding the DDD Budget

Want to better understand how an individual's DDD budget is determined as well as an overview of the different services available? Join us to learn! Click here to register:

Educational Resources:
NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities

Planning Resources:
NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities
Crisis Clean Up – Tropical Storm Ida, Response Resources
For New Jersey residents living in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset Counties, you can apply with FEMA through the following ways:
  • The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
  • If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 
  • ​(TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.
New Jersey residents who live outside the affected counties are encouraged to continue reporting damage (residential structures only, no vehicles) from Ida as damage assessments are ongoing. Information collected in this portal will help local, state, and federal authorities better understand the location and severity of damage impacts. The NJOEM Public Damage Reporting portal is located at
Also attached is information on the Home Clean Up Hotline which should be widely distributed to those in need of free muck out/gut/tarping services from NJVOAD partners. 
Additional Fema Resources

New Jersey Department of Human Services
Human Services Continues Food Assistance Efforts Amid Pandemic and Tropical Storm Ida
NJ Human Services Delivering $140M for Summer Food Assistance Benefits for Eligible Children 
P-EBT Food Assistance for Children

Human Services is delivering summer Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) food assistance benefits to school-age children and children under 6 years of age.

P-EBT benefits were extended for the summer months following last school year during which there was a COVID-19 public health emergency. 
For children in households already enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), benefits are being loaded directly into their Families First EBT card. For children not enrolled in SNAP and who received P-EBT benefits during the school year, benefits are being loaded to the P-EBT card they received earlier this summer. 
For newly eligible children for the free and reduced price school lunch program, cards are being mailed this week. These families should keep their new cards for possible future benefits. 
The $375 per eligible child summer P-EBT benefit will be added to accounts of SNAP households with children under the age of six. 
The Department has also continued to deliver P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. Families already enrolled in SNAP and families who are not enrolled in SNAP are receiving benefits in their existing Families First EBT card or P-EBT cards. 
Recipients can check their Families First account balance by visiting or by calling the phone number on the back of their card. 
“Food insecurity has been a concern for many during the pandemic, especially for families that rely on the nutritional support provided by the school lunch program. We’re glad we can provide additional food benefits to eligible families to ensure children have access to healthy foods as they start the new school year,” Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman said. 
“This latest round of food assistance benefits continues the Department’s efforts to provide for eligible families that missed out on the free and reduced meals program due to the pandemic. We remain committed to bridging these gaps and providing the support that families need to ensure they have access to nutritious foods,” Deputy Commissioner Elisa Neira said.

New Jersey Department of Human Services
Stop & Shop & Food Bazaar Join Growing List of Stores Offering SNAP Online Grocery Shopping
NJ SNAP recipients can use their EBT card for online grocery shopping.

Use your Families First EBT card to use NJSNAP to order groceries online from participating retailers, visit
Stop & Shop and Food Bazaar are the latest retailers to offer online grocery shopping to New Jerseyans enrolled in SNAP.
“Online grocery shopping is convenient and in some cases necessary. We are glad that families enrolled in SNAP can take advantage of this at more grocery stores throughout the state,” Acting Commissioner Adelman said.
“SNAP families now have more options to grocery shop online. This is not only about convenience but facilitating greater access to healthy foods,” Deputy Commissioner Neira said.
“It’s great to see more grocery stores making online grocery shopping available to families enrolled in SNAP. We welcome these additions and the benefit they provide to the families we serve,” said Human Services Assistant Commissioner Natasha Johnson, who directs the Division of Family Development which has responsibility for NJ SNAP.
In addition to Stop & Shop and Food Bazaar, NJ SNAP benefits can be used online at the following retailers: Amazon, participating Walmarts, ShopRites, The Fresh Grocers, ALDIs and Super Foodtown stores in Port Monmouth, Red Bank, Ocean, Atlantic Highlands and Sea Girt.

New Jersey Department of Human Services- Division of Developmental Disabilities

Human Services Awards Contract for New Community-Based Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Co-Occurring Behavioral Needs
Human Services has awarded a contract for the development of three four-bedroom behavioral health stabilization homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The $4 million contract has been awarded to YAI, Inc. to develop homes to serve individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are experiencing behavioral challenges that make it temporarily unsafe to live at home.

“These three homes – one each in northern, central and southern New Jersey – will offer a safe, nurturing environment where individuals can receive the care they need so they can get home safely and successfully,” Acting Commissioner Adelman said. “This is another step forward in our work to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and thrive in the community. With this additional support, our goal is to help individuals remain in the community and prevent hospitalization or the need for longer-term institutional care.”

The homes will be short-term placements in home-like environments staffed with professionals trained in supporting individuals with I/DD who are experiencing significant behaviors or behavior crises.

The program will not replace in-patient hospitalization when medically indicated, but will help prevent hospitalization for some individuals and will help provide a hospital discharge option to a safe and professional environment for others. 
During the short-term stay, trained professionals will assess individuals and implement new behavior management techniques.

“This program will provide much-needed and highly individualized behavioral health stabilization services to the individuals served by the state and their families,” said Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Seifried, who directs the Division of Developmental Disabilities. “YAI has a solid track record of providing quality services to people with I/DD across multiple states, and DDD looks forward to partnering with them to move this project forward.” 

Health & Wellness:
State of New Jersey

Pfizer Boosters Available at Vaccination Locations
Booster shots are now available for all Pfizer vaccine recipients who completed their initial two-shot course at least six months ago and who are:
  • 65 or older
  • A long-term care resident
  • An adult with underlying medical conditions
  • An adult at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their job or living situation
If you are eligible for a Pfizer booster, you can find a vaccination site near you at
The CDC is evaluating the available data to make additional recommendations for people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as for other groups of people. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

For questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to you, call2-1-1.
For live text assistance, text: NJCOVID to 898-211.

NJ COVID-19 Updates
Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, contact tracing, traveling to or from the State of New Jersey, or even finding a new job? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.

Due to increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and new data suggesting that the COVID-19 Delta variant is more transmissible among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, New Jersey is now strongly recommending that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear face masks in indoor settings when:
  • The space is crowded
  • There is close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated
  • The vaccine status of other individuals is unknown
  • Individuals that are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease are present Mask Up
NJ Department of Health
In-Home COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

The NJ Department of Health has begun accepting requests for in-home COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
If you are unable to leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, you may request an in-home vaccination appointment by completing a form at: 

For assistance completing the survey by phone, please call the NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545. 
 After you submit the completed form, the Department of Health will share information with a home health agency, local health department, or other vaccination providers and you will be contacted to schedule an in-home vaccination appointment.
You can read more about the program at this website: 
In order to receive protection as soon as possible, if you are able to safely attend a medical appointment outside the home, we encourage you to book an appointment at an open vaccination site if an opportunity occurs before an in-home appointment is made available to you.

Peri L. Nearon, MPA
Executive Director, Division of Disability Services

Contacts: NJ Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222. Email us at with questions or requests for additional information.

Vaccines are available for FREE to everyone in New Jersey

Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey can now get their COVID-19 vaccine. When we say everyone, we mean EVERYONE – even fans of the New England Patriots.
COVID-19 vaccines are FREE, and you can get vaccinated whether you have insurance or not and regardless of your documentation status.
Vaccine sites may request documentation, but you are not required to have it to receive the vaccine and you cannot be denied access to the vaccine for not having an ID.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is easy.
P.S. If you've decided to get one and just need to choose where to do it:
Know someone who needs to get vaccinated? Share this message with your friends and family.
NJ Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS)
Public Comment Period Open for 1115 NJ FamilyCare Demonstration Renewal
The 1115 NJ FamilyCare Comprehensive Demonstration (formerly Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver), which governs the operations of significant components of the state Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), is due to expire on June 30, 2022. The NJ Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) intends to submit its renewal application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Fall 2021.
In advance of that submission, DMAHS has published the Draft Renewal Proposal and is accepting public comment on the proposed changes. All stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this process and provide comment. The areas that specifically relate to the Division of Developmental Disabilities begin on page 18 of the Draft Renewal Proposal.
DHS/DMAHS is holding a 1115 Renewal Public Hearing via webinar on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 9:30 am. You can register here for the 9/27 Renewal Public Hearing Webinar. 
Comments on or inquiries about the Draft Renewal Proposal must be submitted in writing by October 11, 2021:
By Email:
By Fax:
By Mail:
Margaret Rose
Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs
P.O. Box 712, Mail Code #26
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0712
Please note that comments will continue to be accepted after October 11, 2021, but DHS may not be able to consider those comments prior to the initial submission to CMS. For more information, visit the DMAHS 1115 NJ FamilyCare Comprehensive Demonstration Renewal Request resource page.
Additionally, the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has developed a guide booklet, Sharing Your Vision in Advocacy: Providing Stakeholder Input, with information for individuals about providing input about how they would like supports and services to help them achieve the life they want.
Fun Things To Do:
Skyland Stadium Jack-O-Lantern Experience
Daily from Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Nov 7, 2021
5:00pm ET

Age: All ages
Price: $19 - $24; Children under 36" tall enter for free
Skylands Stadium is transformed with more than 6,000 jack-o'-lanterns. The stadium and surrounding cornfields are set ablaze by this stunning display. See spectacular visuals and enjoy a thrilling fall festival on the grounds.
The fall festival features a Ferris wheel, carousel, pumpkin painting, live music, and more. 

Downtown Cranford 14th Annual Scarecrow Stroll
Fri Oct 15, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021

Various times
Age: All
Price: Free
Location: Downtown Cranford
Cranford hosts its 14th Annual Scarecrow Stroll and promises the event is the biggest and best yet. Gawk at more than 100 wild and crazy scarecrows on display throughout downtown Cranford. Register online to create your own scarecrow and enter to win prizes.

Access for All (AFA) Mahwah Halloween Bingo
Halloween Bingo 10/22 on Fri 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location is Mahwah Senior Center
Free Bingo (including Braille boards) plus candy prizes
Hosted by DJ Scott Rubin
Wear your best Halloween costume!
Snacks/Water to be served!
Photo booth will be available!

RSVP by 10/18 to